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Postage Stamp - Italy - 2009

Title

Postage Stamp - Italy - 2009

Type

Postage Stamp

Coverage

Italy

Date Issued

2009-10-21

Description

This postage stamp was issued as part of a joint issue with San Marino and Vatican City for the Giornata della Lingua Italiana (Celebration Day of the Italian Language) in 2009. It depicts a scene from the beginning of Inferno in which Dante (accompanied by Virgil in this illustration but not in the text) is blocked by three beasts. The scene is taken from a miniature in Codex Urbinate Latino 365, a fifteenth-century manuscript in the Vatican Library. Each stamp is printed adjacent to a label with the third line from Inferno 1: "ché la / diritta / via / era / smarrita." (that the right way was lost). The first two lines of Inferno appear on the Vatican City and San Marino stamps, respectively. The stamp has text as follows: at the top: "€ 0,60"; at the bottom: "ITALIA"; and along the bottom, the abbreviated name of the printer: "I.P.Z.S. S.p.A. - ROMA - 2009" (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato). The stamp was designed by Mauro Olivieri and Orlando Tomassi.
Denomination: € 0,60 (0.60 EUR)
Perforation: 13 ¼ × 13 (comb)
Printing process: Rotogravure
Print run: 5,000,000

Extent

40 × 30 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 3335
Scott no. 2966

Contributor

Mauro Olivieri
Orlando Tomassi
Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Rome, Italy)

Language

Italian